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H.G. "Let Us Clasp Hands Over the Bloody Chasm"

Topic:
Bloody Shirt and Bloody Chasm
Source:
Harper's Weekly
Cartoonist:
Thomas Nast
Date:
October 19, 1872, p. 804
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Throughout the summer and fall, Nast made continuing use of a key slogan in Greeley's letter of May 20 accepting the Liberal Republican nomination. Underscoring the platform plank calling for amnesty of all former Confederates, Greeley concluded with a plea for the North and South "to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has too long divided them " (Greeley had used a similar phrase as early as April 1865 while calling for sectional reconciliation.) In various "clasping hands" cartoons, Nast would incorporate the Ku Klux Klan, John Wilkes Booth over the grave of Lincoln, a "shoulder-hitter" (i.e., a strongman for an urban political boss), and former Confederate soldiers.
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